New York City orders mandatory vaccines for some amid measles outbreak

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New York City on Tuesday declared a public health emergency and ordered mandatory measles vaccinations to halt an outbreak concentrated among ultra-Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn, becoming the latest flashpoint in a nationwide battle to try to stop the second biggest flare-up of the disease since 2000.

This comes after the city threatened to shut down religious schools and day care services in the community that allowed unvaccinated children in.

"We can not allow this unsafe disease to make a comeback here in New York City", de Blasio added.

"It was time to take a more muscular approach", de Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference as the emergency measures were announced.

"When you make the decision not to vaccinate your child, please understand you're also making that decision for the people around your child", Ms Palacio said.

"Our goal is not to fine people or shut down schools", de Blasio said.

The order applies to anyone living, working or going to school in areas under four postcodes in the neighbourhood and requires all unvaccinated people at risk of exposure to the virus to get the vaccine, including children over six months old.

The nation's biggest city is in the midst of its biggest measles outbreak since 1991, with 285 cases diagnosed since last fall - compared to two in all of 2017, officials said.

"To challenge the unsafe misinformation that is being spread by a group of anti-vaxxers, it's crucial that everyone around them be vaccinated to shield them from infection", Barbot said.

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In March. a county in NY state declared a state of emergency following a measles outbreak.

The Brooklyn outbreak has been tied to an unvaccinated child who contracted the disease during a trip to Israel, which has recently seen a high incidence of measles, the Washington Post reported. "But as a doctor, a public health practitioner, and a mom, I must warn you that exposing your unvaccinated child to measles is very unsafe, and it could even be deadly".

Outbreaks of the measles - a disease thought to be all but eliminated in the USA - have health officials concerned.

Mainstream Jewish teaching does not prohibit vaccination, and most rabbis are encouraging parents to have their children immunized. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises children to get two doses of the 97 percent effective measles vaccine.

Health officials have been urging New Yorkers to get their children vaccinated to stem the outbreak of measles, which is a highly contagious disease that can cause pneumonia, encephalitis, and death. "I've seen some mailings", Schlesinger said.

Measles has been a nationally notifiable disease in the United States since 1912. It lays out numerous anti-vaccine arguments that have been debunked by scientific studies, such as a claim that measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations increase the risk of autism.

"There's no question that vaccines are safe, effective and life-saving".

The National Institutes of Health says reports of serious reactions to vaccines are rare: about one in every 100,000 vaccinations.

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